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By DAN CONNOLLY | February 20, 2009
The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, 23, may be one of the most exciting young athletes in any sport. He definitely has the ability to pull in new fans to a sport and a team that doesn't get much attention around here. I think it would be great if Ovechkin energized Baltimore. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/cornersportsbar)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
With the start of the NHL season and MLB playoffs running concurrently as the calendar turns to October, Sports Illustrated lumped them together with some regional, cross-sport cover coverage. One of those regional covers features Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, a somewhat unlikely pairing that doesn't make as much sense as the other cover boys. In the west, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Stanley Cup-winner Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings pair up. In the heartland, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Olympic shootout hero T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues are featured.
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January 11, 2008
Alex Ovechkin agreed to a 13-year, $124 million contract extension yesterday with the Washington Capitals, working out the details himself in negotiations with owner Ted Leonsis and general manager George McPhee. The Russian star, 22, was in the final season of a three-year, entry-level deal. Ovechkin has led the Capitals in scoring in each of his seasons. He entered yesterday tied for second place in the NHL with 32 goals, helping Washington surge from the league's worst record to the fringe of the playoff race.
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By Katie Carrera and The Washington Post | February 3, 2014
The Detroit Red Wings made their intentions clear from the start Sunday at Verizon Center . If the Washington Capitals were on the power play, Detroit would dedicate one player solely to shadowing Alex Ovechkin to take the NHL's leading scorer out of the equation. But in overtime, when the Capitals went on the man advantage, the Red Wings could not afford to isolate the star right wing given the four-on-three setup. Ovechkin unleashed his beastly one-timer, blasting a shot past netminder Jimmy Howard for a 6-5 win and two important points for Washington.
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By RICK MAESE and RICK MAESE,rick.maese@baltsun.com | March 9, 2009
WASHINGTON - After 65 minutes, still no one's hand was raised. Forget it. There's an easier way to settle this. No, not the game - though every time the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals meet, the excitement and intensity results in some pretty good hockey. With the regular season winding down, the final matchup between the two teams was overshadowed by the battle between two men - Alex the Great and Sid the Kid. The young superstars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have been anointed to carry the NHL on their collective shoulders to new heights.
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November 5, 2005
Alex Ovechkin scored the only shootout goal last night, lifting the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. Ovechkin, Washington's first shooter, deked goalie Mike Dunham off his skates and then pushed the puck under his right leg. "He had three or four moves in the space of four or five feet," Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. "Pretty impressive." "I was lucky," Ovechkin said. Luckier than the Thrashers, who couldn't coax a goal out of their snipers, much to the dismay of coach Bob Hartley.
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By Tarik El-Bashir and Tarik El-Bashir,The Washington Post | October 8, 2009
WASHINGTON - -Alex Ovechkin has accumulated one of the game's greatest collections of highlights and owns a trophy case full of major awards. But he was at a loss when asked to explain the sublime start to his fifth professional season. "Thank God, I've had a little bit of luck," the Washington Capitals' star left wing said. "And when I score goals, guys give me nice assists." After getting two goals and an assist in Tuesday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Ovechkin became the first player in 27 years to score at least three points in the first three games of the season, joining Hall of Famers Guy Lafleur and Peter Stastny.
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By BILL ORDINE | March 5, 2008
Monday night, Ovechkin recorded a hat trick to break out of a scoring slump in which he had one goal in the previous eight games. The offensive outburst raised the left wing's goal total for 2007-08 to 52, making him the first player to reach 50 in the NHL this season. (It is the second time he has achieved that milestone in his three-season NHL career). And with 15 games remaining, he has a chance to be the first to reach 60 in more than a decade. The last two players with that many goals in a season were Lemieux, with 69, and Jaromir Jagr, with 62, in 1995-96 for the Penguins.
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By Tarik El-Bashir and Tarik El-Bashir,The Washington Post | May 5, 2009
WASHINGTON - Before the start of this second-round series, it didn't seem possible that the match could possibly live up to the hype that had been heaped upon it, despite its considerable star power and the postseason history between two bitter rivals. But after the Washington Capitals' 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night before a manic crowd at Verizon Center, a tense, thriller of a game punctuated by hat tricks for both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, that's exactly what's happening.
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2005
If Alex Ovechkin is cognizant that the rehabilitation of an entire franchise rests squarely on his broad shoulders, he's doing a good job of masking it. The 20-year-old Moscow native - the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NHL entry draft by the Washington Capitals prior to the league's year-long shutdown - contends that he's content to skate his wing and simply be a team guy. "One player cannot win games," the rookie left wing said. "You win games with all players, [the] whole team." But so far, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound Ovechkin has been the whole team.
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Sports Digest | January 16, 2013
Soccer UMBC's Adams again one of top assistants in country For the sixth time since 2000, UMBC associate head coach Anthony Adams (Calvert Hall) has been recognized by College Soccer News as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation. The web publication cited Adams among 15 assistant or associate head coaches at the NCAA Division I level. College women: Penn State senior midfielder Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) was named a first-team All-American by Soccer America.
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Sports Digest | January 1, 2013
College basketball Towson's Benimon, Hairston, Johnson honored by CAA Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week for the third time this season, while Tigers freshman Jerome Hairston was selected as the Rookie of the Week for the first time, the league announced Monday. Benimon and Hairston led Towson (5-8) to an upset win at Oregon State (9-3) on Saturday. Despite trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, the Tigers rallied for a last-second 67-66 overtime victory.
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Sports Digest | September 19, 2012
Horse racing Pino's win in Erie puts him alone in 10th on all-time list Jockey Mario Pino moved into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time wins list with a victory aboard Incredibly Smart in the second race at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. The win was number 6,471 for Pino, one more than Hall of Famer Earlie Fires . Pino, 51, is an Ellicott City resident who has spent most of his career in Maryland. Fires rode until he was 61, retiring in 2008. - From Sun staff and news services Et cetera Ovechkin reportedly to join Dynamo Moscow of KHL According to Russia's Sport-Express, Washington Capitals star left wing Alex Ovechkin will sign with Dynamo Moscow of Russia's KHL. Ovechkin played for Dynamo from 2001-02 through 2004-05 before he began his NHL career.
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Sports Digest | September 18, 2012
Et cetera Ovechkin says he's ready to play full season in Russia While he has yet to sign a contract, there is little doubt that Alex Ovechkin will play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League during the NHL lockout. It's just a matter of where. On Monday, the Washington Capitals star left wing told Sovetsky Sport that he believes the lockout could cost the NHL a full season. Via Yahoo blogger Dmitry Chesnokov , Ovechkin told Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov : "If the [NHL]
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Sports Digest | April 21, 2012
Capitals Ovechkin says he's fine with reduced ice time The Washington Capitals entered the third period of Game 4 on Thursday night with a one-goal lead, and as the Boston Bruins pushed in an attempt to tie the NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal contest, coach Dale Hunter turned to his most defensively responsible forwards to carry the load down the stretch of the 2-1 victory. Star left wing Alex Ovechkin played only 1 minute, 58 seconds in the final period and just 15 seconds in the final 14 minutes of regulation.
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By Katie Carrera The Washington Post | December 20, 2011
Over the past week, the Washington Capitals wondered where their offense had gone, but Tuesday night at Verizon Center against the stingy Nashville Predators they found the power switch again. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin scored in the same game for the first time since Oct. 30, 2010, to lead the Capitals to a 4-1 win over Nashville, which had won five games in a row. "We played a good game 60 minutes tonight," said Backstrom, who added to his team lead in goals (12)
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By RAY FRAGER | February 14, 2009
How do the Capitals rate in the Baltimore market? Despite all-world Alex Ovechkin, the ratings are minuscule. So far in 2009 (through Wednesday), Capitals game-related programming on Comcast SportsNet has drawn an average of 0.4 percent of the Baltimore audience. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/mediumwell)
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By Matt Vensel | October 6, 2011
The puck drops on the NHL season on Thursday night when the Boston Bruins crank up their 2010-11 Stanley Cup banner to the rafters before their home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden. The Capitals had the skills to hold such a celebration this fall, but they didn't show as much heart and grit as the Tampa Bay Lightning in last year's playoffs and were swept to Washington-area dance clubs after Round 2. Washington general manager George McPhee resisted the urge to make radical changes to his roster.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
Eighttofasttocatch has gone from being an excitable horse to a well-mannered, explosive performer who is the morning line favorite for Saturday's Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park. The 5-year-old gelded son of Not For Love owes that in part to the companionship of a pygmy goat named Gigi. As trainer Tim Keefe and his exercise rider Peter Brown-Whale worked on Eighttofasttocatch's on-track etiquette, Gigi worked on the Laurel Park-based horse's nervous system. She settled into the chestnut's life and lowered his heart rate, calmed his nerves and improved his level of performance.
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